Explore Associate Degree Programs in General Studies

Our two-year associate degree programs in General Studies help students learn effective quantitative and scientific reasoning, communication skills, cultural and social awareness.

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A Strong Foundation

Begin with general studies to build an academic foundation for a variety of programs.


To Transfer

Established transfer agreements allow for seamless transfer to a four-year school.


Academic Pathways

Explore a variety of program options before committing to a degree pathway.

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Of BRCTC Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degree.

Explore Academic Options with an Associate Degree in General Studies!

Blue Ridge CTC’s flexible, relevant associate degrees in general studies help students prepare to transfer to four-year majors in Liberal Arts or Social Sciences.

  • Explore academic pathways through general education courses
  • Discover interests and abilities
  • Build a solid foundation for transferring to a four-year college or university program.

Earn an Associate Degree in General Studies - Select Your Major!

When students pursue an associate degree in general studies disciplines at Blue Ridge CTC, they complete a variety of general education courses, plus concentration-specific options to make courses count toward their desired discipline.

Build a Solid Foundation and Discover Your Interests!

Our general study programs provide a pathway for students to explore a variety of career or academic pathways. With an associate degree in General Studies, students are able to:

  • Explore potential academic interests
  • Prepare to transfer to a four-year school
  • Discover new skills and abilities
  • Enhance current knowledge of general education concepts
  • Take time to develop an academic career plan

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Why Choose Blue Ridge CTC?

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides access to a range of affordable, flexible two-year associate degrees in the general study discipline. We offer industry-driven instruction and career assistance that meets every career goal!

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Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College help students navigate career paths throughout their academic career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about pursuing Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in General Studies? We can help!

Blue Ridge CTC’s General Studies associate degree programs offer a flexible and multi-core pathway that provides well-rounded knowledge. The program costs less than a bachelor’s degree and takes about two years to complete when enrolled full-time. General Studies programs are great for students who are considering a variety of academic options or may need additional time to figure out what they wish to study in College. Students also have access to seamless transfer agreements to continue with four-year colleges and universities.
Our associate degree programs in General Studies require 60 - 62 credit hours, which takes about two years to complete when enrolled as full-time student.

Blue Ridge CTC provides the following majors under General Studies programs:

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Associate of Science in Social Science
Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree programs in General Studies do not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
Admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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